Thursday, January 09, 2014
Enigma and Arrowmont
(Above: Engima II, detail. Click on any image in this post to enlarge.)
I've been working hard all week making new pieces for the upcoming ACC Baltimore Show (American Craft Council.) Several are in various stages of completion. Naturally, my studio looks like a polyester velvet bomb explored. Thus, I took some of the scraps and fused them to a piece of recycled, black acrylic felt. Thinking about "a bomb", I arranged the bits and pieces as if issuing from the center of a giant circle.
(Above: Engima II. Unframed: 17" x 14"; Framed: 31 1/2" x 27 1/2". Click on image to enlarge.)
Unlike my other work using these materials, I decided to mat the work ... with a larger, crisper, more contemporary style. I'm really pleased with it and very happy that my studio got a bit tidier in the process. The next blog post will feature the several "In Box" and "Stained Glass" series pieces on which I'm currently working.
(Above: More "ancestors" ... wrapped and stitched wooden thread spools. Click on image to enlarge.)
In the evenings, I am stitching on another big batch of wrapped and stitched wooden spools. I call them "ancestors" because thumbnail reproductions of old family photos are glued on the ends. I also have a batch with the original paper labels. I love making these tiny treasures.
(Above: Memory, a grave rubbing art quilt made on a vintage handkerchief and incorporationg a few pieces of old crochet. Hand and free-motion stitched. 12" x 12". This piece was originally made for the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) annual fund-raiser.)
Finally, I'm totally over the moon about this announcement: MY WORKSHOP IS IN THE ARROWMONT CATALOG! I'm teaching April 3 - 6 for Arrowmont's "Legacy Weekend". The full catalog is HERE. I'm listed on page 26. To sign up for my workshop, please visit my page on the Arrowmont website ... HERE! I've posted my workshop's full information, outline, materials list, etc. HERE.
I've obviously known about this opportunity for several months. Try to imagine the day when an email arrived on my computer screen with this opening line: " ... I am the Program and Studio Manager at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. If you're not familiar with Arrowmont, we are a national art education center that offers weekend, one- and two-week workshops for the beginner to advanced artist, taught by national and international practicing studio artists and university faculty."
Not familiar with Arrowmont ? !!! My heart skipped two beats. After a few moment in which I tried to compose myself, I wrote back with this opening line: "Hello ! So ... am I familiar with Arrowmont? You are kidding, right? If you heard a hysterical scream of delight a little while ago, it was just me ... reading your message, jumping up and down, saying "YES, YES, YES!"
I am so honored! Now ... I just need interested people to sign up! Please consider it!
I am linking this blog post to Nina-Marie's "Off the Wall Fridays", a site for sharing fiber arts. Several months ago, Nina-Marie wrote a glowing review on her summer week at Arrowmont. Her gorgeous photos and fabulous descriptions were filled with inspiration. I thought to myself, "I'd love to go there! Maybe one day." Within a week, I received the email invitation to teach during Legacy Weekend. Serendipity? Of course! It feels so wonderful and right. I really hope I get to go! To read Nina-Marie's recap of her Arrowmont experience, CLICK HERE!
Posted by Susan Lenz at 12:42 PM